Salaries for Hospitality and Tourism Professionals

Hospitality includes a broad array of careers, including jobs at hotels, casinos, resorts, sports arenas, museums, and restaurants. Find out the salaries for jobs in the tourism and hospitality fields using our simple salary research tools. Additionally, find out the careers most in demand, such as hotel and gaming managers, interpreters, and large event planners and managers.

Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Perform variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate...
Most have less than a high school diploma

Animal Trainers

Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Baggage Porters and Bellhops

Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Bakers

Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Baristas

Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.

Bartenders

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Concierges

Assist patrons at hotel, apartment, or office building with personal services. May take messages, arrange or give advice on transportation, business services or entertainment, or monitor guest requests for housekeeping...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Cooks, Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Cooks, Private Household

Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.
Most have a vocational certificate

Cooks, Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Cooks, Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

Facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items...
Most have less than a high school diploma

Dishwashers

Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.
Most have less than a high school diploma

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate work activities of cleaning personnel in hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Food Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners

Post information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number generating equipment and announce the numbers for...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Cage Workers

In a gaming establishment, conduct financial transactions for patrons. May reconcile daily summaries of transactions to balance books. May accept patron's credit application and verify credit references to provide...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers

Exchange coins, tokens, and chips for patrons' money. May issue payoffs and obtain customer's signature on receipt. May operate a booth in the slot machine area and furnish change persons with money bank at the start of...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Dealers

Operate table games. Stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gaming equipment. Distribute winnings or collect players'...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino. May formulate house rules.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Supervisors

Supervise and coordinate activities of workers in assigned gaming areas. Circulate among tables and observe operations. Ensure that stations and games are covered for each shift. May explain and interpret operating...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Interpreters and Translators

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler,...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Lodging Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Motion Picture Projectionists

Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and...
Most have a master's degree

Recreation Workers

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation,...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks

Make and confirm reservations for transportation or lodging, or sell transportation tickets. May check baggage and direct passengers to designated concourse, pier, or track; deliver tickets, contact individuals and...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Teach or instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, nonvocational, and nonacademic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Set and Exhibit Designers

Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Slot Supervisors

Supervise and coordinate activities of slot department workers to provide service to patrons. Handle and settle complaints of players. Verify and pay off jackpots. Reset slot machines after payoffs. Make repairs or...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

Operate telephone business systems equipment or switchboards to relay incoming, outgoing, and interoffice calls. May supply information to callers and record messages.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Travel Agents

Plan and sell transportation and accommodations for travel agency customers. Determine destination, modes of transportation, travel dates, costs, and accommodations required. May also describe, plan, and arrange...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and locating such facilities as rest...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Waiters and Waitresses

Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.
Most have a high school diploma or GED
The availability of jobs in tourism and hospitality vary greatly according to specific geographic location. However, the general hospitality industry is one of the largest industries by employees in the country. The hospitality industry includes food service workers, which account for an increasing percentage of the total workforce.

Jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry include entertainment jobs such as those at casinos and resorts, hotel management, and any type of travel and tourism, including self-employed travel guides and agents. Degree requirements vary by professions, however specialized degrees in hospitality or hotel management significantly raises average compensation. Strong growth of over 10% is projected over the next ten years and the career outlook appears robust.